wildcat strikes

Trouble on the Railroads in 1873-1874: Prelude to the 1877 Crisis?

Between November 1873 and July 1874, workers on the Pennsylvania system and at least 17 other railroads struck. Engineers, firemen, brakemen, and track hands as well as shopmen and ordinary laborers resisted wage cuts, demanded salary due them, and opposed such employer practices as blacklisting and the use of iron-clad contracts. None of these disputes was so dramatic or important as the general railroad strike in 1877, but together they prophetically etched the outlines of that violent outburst.

Wartime strikes: The struggle against the no-strike pledge in the UAW during World War II - Martin Glaberman

Martin Glaberman's examination of American car industry workers wildcat strike wave, despite their own union's no strike pledge, during World War 2.

2009: The strike at Lindsey refinery: a struggle entangled in nationalism

Mouvement Communiste's detailed account and analysis of the oil industry construction workers' wildcat strikes of 2009.

City of London Corporation cleaners say: Occupy Guildhall!

IWW cleaners picket

Cleaners are staging a sit in at the Corporation of London’s Guildhall in protest at the inadequate response of their employer, the contractor Sodexo over the abusive treatment of women employees.

Class conflict and workers' self activity on the railroads: 1874-1895

The years 1874 through 1895 saw intense class struggle, much of it centering on the railroad industry. This struggle often took the form of working class self-activity, action organized by workers from the bottom up and carried out independently. Railroad workers did not wait for instructions or guidance from labor leaders, who often advised caution and conciliation with capitalists, but took action themselves.

Sparks wildcat in the face of pay cuts and legal threats

After Balfour Beatty force the cancellation of an official strike ballot, electricians walk out anyway.

Chinese police arrest strikers

Police in Shanghai have arrested around a dozen workers following ongoing strike action at an electronics factory.

Notes on Oakland 2011

A first-hand account and reflection on the events of November 2, where there was an attempted wildcat general strike.

On workers autonomy - Miguel Amoros

Brief remarks concerning the meaning of the word “autonomy” in the context of political struggles since the time of Marx, with special emphasis on the period of the Spanish Transition to democracy in the 1970s.

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

On Friday 22 July some forty contracted pruners and wrappers went on strike against our contractor, Kiwi Bunkhouse, Ltd.